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  • MS in Educational Administration

    Using state and national leadership standards, Drexel University’s accredited online master’s degree in Educational Administration is designed to prepare and mentor future elementary and secondary educational leaders with the practical skills and knowledge to become effective school administrators.

    Program Options

    • MS in Educational Administration
      • Concentrations:
        • PA Administrative Certificate, Principal K-12*
        • Supervisor of Special Education Certification & Principal (K-12) Certification**
        • Supervisor of Special Education Certification (without Principal Certification)**
        • Non-certification track
    • PA Administrative Certificate, Principal K-12 Only

    *Requires a state-issued teacher certificate
    **Requires a state-issued special education teacher certificate

    All five accredited programs are ideal for certified teachers and counselors who aspire to lead the education field to achieve students’ 21st-century learning goals.

    This performance-based PDE-approved program develops your ability to:

    • Collaboratively lead schools and communities to solve complex problems through a proven framework of leadership methodology
    • Educate students to promote and achieve tomorrow’s educational standards
    • Mentor and coach teachers in instructional and assessment decision-making, using modern technological tools
    • Reflect on and practice new action and research
    • Actively Listen, Resolve Conflicts, Speak Publicly, Write Competently and Build Teams

    The program has several campus events each year, including World Café sessions, leadership seminars and two orientation sessions. A webinar format is provided for distance learner participation.

    The program culminates in an Action Research Project—a leadership portfolio of 14 Artifacts of Evidence directed toward applying higher standards in school activities that will help you to succeed on the PA Principal PRAXIS exam.

    Drexel University offers a variety of Graduate Minors that can be added to any master's degree program.
    State restrictions may apply to some programs.


    This program is organized into four 10-week quarters per year (as opposed to the traditional two semester system) which means you can take more courses in a shorter time period. One semester credit is equivalent to 1.5 quarter credits.

    Core Courses  
    EDAM 700 Leading in Urban, Rural and Suburban Settings 3.0
    EDAM 701 Resource Management, Allocation and Entrepreneurship 3.0
    EDAM 702 School Leadership & Decision Making 3.0
    EDAM 705 School Law and Politics 3.0
    EDAM 708 Integration of Technology with School Instruction and Management 3.0
    EDAM 710 School Finance and Facilities 3.0
    EDAM 712 School and Community Partnerships and Relations 3.0
    EDAM 714 Instructional and Curriculum Leadership 3.0
    EDAM 722 Evaluation & Assessment Competencies 3.0
    EDAM 724 Mentoring and Collaborative Leadership 3.0
    EDAM 726 Interpreting & Evaluating Research & Achievement Data 3.0
    EDAM 728 Research Methodology for Action Research 3.0
    EDAM 740 Action Research Project 3.0
    Select a Track  
    School Principal PK-12 Certification Track (Four 1.5-credit Internship Courses)
    EDAM 715
    School Principal Internship: Technology  
    EDAM 716
    School Principal Internship: Finance  
    EDAM 717
    School Principal Internship: Leadership  
    EDAM 718
    School Principal Internship: Relations  
    Non-Certification Track
    Professional Electives (Two 3-credit courses) *
    Total Credits 45.0

    *Professional Electives are determined in consultation with your academic advisor

    View Course Descriptions

    Admissions Criteria

    • A bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution
    • Undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher (graduate degree GPAs will be considered along with the undergraduate GPA)
    • For the Principal Certification option: A state-issued teaching or counseling certificate  
    • For the Supervisor of Special Education concentration: A state-issued special education teacher certificate  

    Required Documents

    With multiple ways to submit documents, Drexel makes it easy to complete your application. Learn more by visiting our Completing Your Application Guide.

    • A completed application
    • Official transcripts from all universities or colleges and other post-secondary educational institutions (including trade schools) attended
    • Two letters of recommendation, professional or academic
      • PA Administrative Certificate, Principal K-12: One letter of recommendation must come from the principal of a school where you've worked, and discuss your presentation skills and experiences in leadership roles in a K-12 school setting as well as skills that would have a strong bearing on your success as a school leader and administrator
    • An essay describing why you're interested in pursuing graduate study in this field
      • Include two paragraphs briefly describing your educational philosophy
      • PA Administrative Certificate, Principal K-12: Also explain how principals shape learning in K-12 schools
    • Additional requirements for International Students


    The tuition rate for the academic year 2018-2019 is $949 per credit. (A 25% tuition savings off Drexel's regular tuition rate of $1265 per credit)

    • This program is eligible for Financial Aid.
    • Special tuition rates available for Drexel University AlumniMilitary members, and members of our Partner Organizations
      • These rates apply only to new online students and students being readmitted.
      • Tuition rates are subject to increase with the start of each academic year in the fall term.
      • All students must contact applyDUonline@drexel.edu within the first two weeks of the term to request tuition savings for which they qualify.
      • Special rates cannot be combined. If you qualify for more than one special rate, you'll be given the one with the largest savings.
      • When receiving special tuition plans with Drexel University Online, you may not combine them with other tuition benefits that may be available from Drexel University.


    Academic Calendar

    2018-2019 Academic Year


    Classes Begin

    Classes End

    Exams Begin

    Exams End

    Fall 2018

    September 24, 2018

    December 8, 2018

    December 10, 2018

    December 15, 2018

    Winter 2019

    January 7, 2019

    March 16, 2019

    March 18, 2019

    March 23, 2019

    Spring 2019

    April 1, 2019

    June 8, 2019

    June 10, 2019

    June 14, 2019

    Summer 2019

    June 24, 2019

    August 31, 2019

    September 3, 2019

    September 7, 2019


    Previous Academic Calendar

    2017-2018 Academic Year


    Classes Begin

    Classes End

    Exams Begin

    Exams End

    Fall 2017

    September 25, 2017

    December 9, 2017

    December 11, 2017

    December 16, 2017

    Winter 2018

    January 8, 2018

    March 17, 2018

    March 19, 2018

    March 24, 2018

    Spring 2018

    April 2, 2018

    June 9, 2018

    June 11, 2018

    June 15, 2018

    Summer 2018

    June 25, 2018

    September 1, 2018

    September 4, 2018

    September 8, 2018

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